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Kisaburo Osawa

Kisaburo Osawa (1910 – May 28, 1991) was one of the first 9 Dan Holders and has been a great inspiration for the deshi’s he was teaching in the Hombu Dojo for many years.

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Why Mokuso?

Mokuso is a Japanese term for silent meditation. The first kanji reads as “Moku” and means silence or stop and the second one is “So” and means to think or focus. Mokuso is a common way to start and to end a training session in the Japanese Martial Arts and especially Aikido.

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Yoji Fujimoto

Yoji Fujimoto (March 26, 1948 – February 20, 2012) was an 8 Dan Aikikai Shihan. At the age of 23, he moved to Italy and became a big part of the Aikido history in the country.

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Shoji Nishio

Shoji Nishio (December 5, 1927 – March 15, 2005) was an 8 Dan Aikikai Shihan. He was one of the Morihei Ueshiba’s post-war era students in the Hombu.

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Minoru Kanetsuka

Minoru Kanetsuka (December 8, 1939 – March 8, 2019) was the official representative of the Aikikai in the United Kingdom since 1978. He had a big influence on Aikido in the West Europe as a Japanese master teaching the art abroad.

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